Meet our Teachers

 Allison Wilkins, Center Director is passionate about music and the importance of providing a rich musical experience for young children and their caregivers. Ms. Wilkins implements the Music Together® philosophy that serving as the model to engage parents in participation will foster growth and musical behavior by their children at home - The very best teacher and model being mom, dad, grandparents and caregivers. 

She offers a creative, fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development.


photo Allison Wilkins

  Singer/ Songwriter and Center Director Allison Wilkins,  known by her students as "Ms. Alli" has been performing and singing with children since her childhood. Granddaughter to the late James Bridges (conductor and founder of the James Bridges School of Music in Pittsburgh), Allison adheres to the Music Together philosophy that children are naturally "musical" from birth and recalls her fondest childhood memories were centered around "music making". She studied drama and voice at the Pittsburgh Playhouse for the performing arts. She holds a degree in psychology with an emphasis in special education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her experience with children is extensive from raising her own children, to leading girl scout troops and working with children with special needs. Organizations that she has been privileged to provide classes for are the Manasota Buds, Special Olympics & Champions for Children in Tampa.  Allison completed the Music Together training program, developed by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey in 2001 and is a Certification Level I teacher of the Music Together program. As an author and songwriter Ms. Alli has two of her empowerment series books in print - " Monsters are Afraid of Music" and " Angels Watching Over Me".  Many families have reported that the delightful song and  story of "Monsters are Afraid of Music" have helped empower little ones to overcome the "things that go bump in the night"!  Her books are available for purchase in the studio and on the website. Ms. Alli has 3 other songs scheduled to be in print in the near future- " What is a Snore For", "Good night Family" and " The Low Hoedown". Her passion for music can be summarized in her philosophy that music empowers and is "the stuff of the soul", to be produced by the child within all of us.

photo Todd Lutes

For over 30 years Todd Lutes has been playing music professionally. Starting his professional career on drums at the ripe old age of 15, Mr. Todd quickly realized that music was his path. At 18 he was accepted into the Berkley College of Music but cordially declined to pursue his own musical endeavors.  After many years of playing drums and singing in bands such as Zepton Groove and The Brickyard Poets, Mr. Todd decided it was time to shake things up by switching to guitar. Mr.Todd taught himself guitar and for the past 10 years he has been happily playing solo and duo gigs with his duo Scratch & Dent. Mr. Todd caught the attention of Allisongs for Tots when he had a large gathering of children flocking around him at his Fresh Market performance in Hyde Park Village. His warm, engaging (and silly) style make him a natural fit for our team of music makers.

photo Alex Gammon

Alex got his first guitar at age 13 just for show, but when his family thrust him into private lessons with Sarasota guitarist, Jami Gee, he centered his life around the instrument, learning jazz, classical and progressive rock pieces. As a teen, Alex played guitar in the Fogt's Junior All-Star Band, which performed at Sarasota retirement homes and blues festivals, covering old swing hits and dancey jazz tunes.

After studying Childhood Anthropology at Florida State and receiving his B.A. in International Affairs and English, Alex began to study childhood development autodidactically and became fascinated with children and driven by a desire to help them succeed. Finding that Music Together blended his passion for music and children, Alex became certified as a Music Together teacher in the fall of 2018 and now eagerly looks to help children (and parents!) realize their musical potential.

photo Melanie Baez

Melanie Baez is originally from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, but was raised here in Tampa. She grew up in a household surrounded by music, singing and dancing. She fell in love with singing and found a real passion for performing. All throughout school, Melanie immersed herself in clubs and music programs such as chorus, a show choir called Showcase, barbershop quartets and gospel club. She received an Associates in Arts from the performing arts program at Hillsborough Community College; her major being Voice with a minor in Classical Guitar. At HCC she received classical and musical theater training with her voice coach, Ruthie Nelson, and got the opportunity to perform the National Anthem two years in a row for their Presidential Awards Ceremony.

Melanie is so excited to be joining the Music Together team as a bilingual teacher in the fall of 2019. She has always loved working with kids as a nanny or part-time babysitter and can now combine her two biggest passions. As a new teacher, she canʼt wait to begin working with all of the incredible families in the Canta y Baila program as well as the Music Together classes. Bienvenida Melanie!

photo Karen Claugherty

Ms. Karen, former center Director of Ditties for Kiddies in New Tampa, is a passionate teacher with a long history of working with children. Karen received Music Together training in 2002 and began teaching immediately. While teaching Music Together, Karen has spent the last 7 years working with special needs children through "Friend Zone", a respite program for parents  offered at St. James United Methodist Church. Ongoing she uses her education background working with both adults and children for over 23 years teaching group fitness. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.S. in Adult Education from Old Dominion University. Her musical background is rooted in 6 years of clarinet study. Karen is passionate about sharing all that music can do to help children and families grow.

photo Stephanie Ashman

Originally from Pittsburgh, Stephanie lived in the Philadelphia area from 2012-2019, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the West Chester University School of Music, taught at Flute & Friends Suzuki Music Academy, and was a member of the Brandywine Pops Orchestra. As Stephanie began to specialize in working with young children, she also opened Music Together® Harmony offering early childhood family music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. We're glad to add another experienced Music Together teacher to the staff at Allisongs. In addition to bringing her flute into the mixed age classes, Ms. Stephanie also accompanies her classes with the ukulele.   Stephanie looks forward to meeting a whole new group of wonderful families in St. Petersburg and Tampa and is eager to grow her new studio, Tutti Flutes.  We are thrilled that Ms. Stephanie has brought her skills to our Hyde Park Village location and is now offering both group and private flute classes for children 3 and up!